Health

Indonesian boy dies of bird flu: health ministry
October 14, 2007 09:14 AM - Reuters

A 12-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, taking the total death toll from the disease in the country to 88, a health ministry official said on Saturday.

Another official at the ministry's bird flu centre had earlier said was not clear how the boy, from Tanggerang city in West Java, contracted the virus, but that some chickens had died in his neighborhood.

Challenged By Customers, Cosmetic Company Goes Greener
October 12, 2007 06:51 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Austin, TX. - A texas cosmetics company, challenged by a group of it's customers to take a moral stand, and be greener, decided it's best to listen.

The company, Gourmet Body Treats currently uses only post-consumer recycled paper in all of it's facility's, along with several other energy saving practices. But customers and friends wanted more and challenged the company to use only sustainable ingredients in both product and packaging. They've set a deadline for them selves to meet this challenge for early this coming year. This is unprecedented in the cosmetic industry, and would be yet another way that the company has set a bench mark in ethics for the field.

 

Old virus causing new disease in United States
October 12, 2007 04:46 PM - Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strain of virus best known for causing colds and "stomach flu" is becoming more common and more dangerous, U.S. researchers report.

They said that adenovirus 21 was surprisingly common and was causing an unexpected level of severe disease and deaths.

The researchers used a new test developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and said the wider use of such tests might help doctors and health officials better understand what diseases are making people sick.

U.S. marshals seize supplements promoted as cures
October 12, 2007 03:55 PM -

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. marshals seized $71,000 worth of goods from a Florida company that illegally marketed supplements to treat serious conditions such as diabetes, anemia and high blood pressure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.

It said FulLife Natural Options, Inc., of Boca Raton, Florida, was marketing Charantea Ampalaya Capsules and Charantea Ampalaya Tea as an unapproved drug.

ConAgra Foods Recalls All Banquet Pot Pies and Store Brand Pot Pies
October 12, 2007 10:59 AM -

OMAHA, Neb.- ConAgra Foods announced today that it is continuing its efforts to ensure consumer safety by voluntarily recalling all varieties of Banquet brand frozen pot pies and all varieties of store brand frozen pot pies sold under the names of Albertson's, Hill Country Fare, Food Lion, Great Value, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer and Western Family.

Earlier this week, ConAgra Foods was contacted by state health officials regarding concerns that some of its Banquet poultry pot pie products may be linked to an outbreak of salmonella. In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), on Oct. 9, ConAgra Foods directed retailers to remove the poultry pot pies from shelves, suspended pot pie production in its Marshall, Mo., plant and advised consumers to not eat these products and discard these products while an investigation was conducted.

New Research: Pollutant linked to bronchitis in toddlers
October 12, 2007 09:51 AM -

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Toddlers who breathe polluted air are far more likely to be diagnosed with bronchitis than children living in cleaner environments, U.S. and Czech researchers reported on Thursday.

They found a component of pollution known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, was strongly linked with cases of bronchitis among children aged 2 to 4 and a half.

The study is one of the first to look at PAHs, which are produced when fuels that contain carbon such as wood, coal, diesel or tobacco are burned.

Most environmental regulations in the United States and Europe focus on controlling particulate emissions -- tiny particles in the air -- as well as sulfur dioxide and ozone.

Statins reduce loss of function, keeping old lungs young - even in smokers
October 12, 2007 08:14 AM - American Thoracic Society

Statins are known to be good for lowering cholesterol and maybe even fighting dementia, and now they have another reported benefit: they appear to slow decline in lung function in the elderly— even in those who smoke. According to researchers in Boston, it may be statins’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help achieve this effect.

Lipsticks Contain Excessive Lead, Tests Reveal
October 11, 2007 07:12 PM - Karen Jacobs, Reuters

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Lipsticks tested by a U.S. consumer rights group found that more than half contained lead and some popular brands including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior had more lead than others, the group said on Thursday.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by the Bodycote Testing Group in Santa Fe Spring, California, found that 61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm). One-third of the lipsticks tested contained an amount of lead that exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy -- a standard established to protect children from ingesting lead, the group said. Thirty-nine percent of the lipsticks tested had no discernible lead, it said.

EPA to develop rules for storing CO2 emissions
October 11, 2007 05:30 PM -

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will develop new rules governing how coal-fired power plants and other industrial facilities sock away heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas in underground reservoirs.

Burying CO2 in underground reservoirs is not commercially available yet, but has emerged as one possible way to slow global warming's potentially catastrophic results including flooding, heat waves and severe storms.

The EPA said in a statement it will propose regulations next summer to "ensure there is a consistent and effective permit system under the Safe Drinking Water Act for commercial-scale geologic sequestration programs to help reduce the effects of climate change."

Survey: San Francisco, Seattle Tops For Organics Consumers; Wal-Mart, Costco #1 Organic Grocery Stores
October 11, 2007 05:20 PM -

New York – The West Coast is a stronghold for organics consumers, with 35 percent of San Francisco adults using organic foods during the past month, making it the top U.S. city for organics users. In Seattle (32 percent of Seattle adults used organic foods during the past month), Portland, OR (27 percent), Washington D.C. and Denver (26 percent, each) and San Diego (24 percent) round out the top markets for organics consumers. In the total US.,17 percent of all adults are organics users.

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